Carleton Watkins: From Where the View Looked Best (February 15 to June 4, 2000)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 15 to June 4, 2000
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[San Fernando Tunnel, S.P.R.R.]
Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)
Albumen silver print
38.8 x 53.7 cm (15 1/4 x 21 1/8 in.)
When tracks were laid for the new Southern Pacific Railroad, two teams raced to join each other, one moving south through the Central Valley and the other heading north from Los Angeles. The main obstacle was the Tehachapi Mountains, outside of Los Angeles. Eighteen tunnels were required for the railroad to pass through this mountain range. The longest one, seen here, stretched for a mile and a half. After 1860, the railroad was a persistent subject in Carleton Watkins's photographs. As a close friend of Collis P. Huntington, one of the executives responsible for the